Chess: Back on the board

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WITH one world championship match approaching its end and the other having finally cleared its half- way hurdle, it is time for a progress report, writes William Hartston.

In London, where the players have impeccable credentials but the match considerably less so, Garry Kasparov leads Nigel Short by 11 1/2 - 6 1/2. If he wins today, the match will be decided, but play could yet continue.

Short wants to go on to the bitter end: 'It says we will play all 24 games in the contract, and I don't see why this should change without the agreement of all parties - I'm enjoying myself now,' he says.

But Kasparov, however, thinks it would be pointless to continue and difficult to take the games seriously. He would prefer to fulfil the terms of the contract with speed games: 'I would rather do something that would excite myself and the public than continue to play games that have no meaning,' he says

If today's game is drawn, Kasparov will have reached the 12 points necessary to retain his title, yet it remains unclear what title that is.

The one he won in 1985 was the Fide world championship, of which he was stripped earlier this year for refusing to play the title match under their auspices.

after the match was awarded to them, although there are rumours of a spoiling injunction to prevent Fide from spending this money on the Karpov-Timman match.

Back on the board, the match is at least under way again. The first game in Jakarta, the thirteenth of the match, was drawn on Sunday.

White: Timman

Black: Karpov

1 Nf3 Nf6 15 cxd5 Nxd5

2 g3 d5 16 Rfd1 a5

3 Bg2 c6 17 d4 e4

4 0-0 Bg4 18 Ne5 Nxe5

5 b3 Nd7 19 dxe5 Rxe5

6 Bb2 e6 20 Bxe4 Rxe4

7 c4 Bd6 21 Qxe4 Nc3

8 d3 0-0 22 Qc2 Nxd1

9 Nbd2 Qe7 23 Rxd1 Qe7

10 Qc2 e5 24 Rd4 Rd8

11 h3 Bxf3 25 Qe4 Qf8

12 Nxf3 Rfe8 26 h4 g6

13 e3 Ba3 27 Qe5 draw

14 Bxa3 Qxa3